Atlanta police are asking for the public’s help to identify and capture four suspects depicted in surveillance video robbing a man for his backpack. The robbery occurred at an East Atlanta shopping center located on Caroline Street in the early morning hours of June 25. The stolen bag was black and contained the victim’s work clothes and wallet.
According to the police report, Officer Charles Ivy of the Atlanta Police Department responded to a call of a robbery of a pedestrian at 1215 Caroline Street. Upon his arrival, the victim, Alexander Harbin, approached Ivy to report that he had been standing in front of Barnes & Noble while texting his girlfriend when a white Mitsubishi Galant drove by him and parked.
Four black men emerged from the vehicle, approached Harbin and attempted at that point to rob him of his cell phone. Harbin attempted to escape the men on his bicycle when one of the men struck him in the face, and his bag was stolen.
No weapon was displayed during the robbery, which was captured on the shopping center’s security footage. Police have released the video in hopes that someone will recognize one or more of the suspects. Any information regarding the case can be called in anonymously to the tip line of Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-TIPS (8477), submitted on the web at crimestoppersatlanta.org, or texted along with the letters “CSA” and the tip to CRIMES (274637). A reward of up to $2,000.00 is being offered in the case.
By Jennifer Pfalz
Atlanta Police Department